Remembering Sabra and Shatila 34 years later

September 16, 2016 /

Each year, the massacre at Sabra and Shatila is commemorated by Palestinians for whom the events of the atrocious attacks remain a fresh memory.

On 16 September 1982, the Israeli army surrounded the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in southern Beirut, facilitating access for right-wing Lebanese Christian militia to enter the camps and massacre innocent Palestinian civilians.

The Israeli military manned checkpoints and made it impossible for Palestinians to flee. They further fired flares into the night sky, lighting up the camps and providing no place for people to hide.

The attack lasted three days during which hundreds if not thousands were massacred. The actual figure remains unknown, and estimates vary from 800 to 3,500. Bodies were disposed of and buried in mass graves, or never found.